As part of a ground-breaking new project -involving Abertay University and a major potato seed supplier- nothing less than videogame technology will be used to help develop the perfect potato. The university, based in Dundee, has entered into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Agrico UK Ltd, with the aim of utilising artificial intelligence to shorten what is normally a lengthy and complicated process.
It’s hoped the £118,000 project, funded by Innovate UK and the Scottish Funding Council, will devise screening techniques that will help select potatoes with clear consumer appeal and qualities that make them easy to grow.
Thenational.scot quoted Dr John Grigor, from Abertay’s Division of Engineering and Food Science, as saying: “This project is scheduled to last for 30-months, and we are delighted to be working with Agrico UK Ltd on something that has the potential to make a real difference.”
Dr Paul Robertson, from Abertay’s School of Design and Informatics, added: “Abertay has an international reputation for its work in videogame technology and we’re excited to be able to use it in such a unique way.”
Abertay has worked with a wide range of industrial partners during KTPs, and outperforms many larger universities in an area key to the UK Government’s industrial strategy. The University has strong links with the food and drink industry, and the expertise of its academic staff is highly sought after by industry, professionals and the academic community.